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Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Tuesday school and cases stat tracker

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates in Central Texas for Tuesday, Aug. 24.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: This blog is no longer being updated. Click here for Wednesday's blog.

KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus and COVID-19 news in the Austin area. 

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Aug. 24 live blog.

COVID-19 numbers:

  • Texas: More than 2.9 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 54,000 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Austin-Travis County: The 7-day moving average for new hospital admissions is 78, and an average of 633 people are hospitalized. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 525. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 100,341 cases have been reported and at least 928 people have died.
    • Hays County: There are currently 2,222 active cases, and 49 people are currently hospitalized (38 unvaccinated, 11 vaccinated). Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 24,310 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 303 people have died. At least 21,785 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: There are 396 new cases of coronavirus in Williamson County. Twelve percent of hospital beds are available, and 2% of ICU beds are available. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 50,434 cases have been reported and at least 523 people have died.
  • Central Texas school districts:
    • Austin ISD: As of 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, there are a total of 38 new COVID-19 cases (33 students, 5 employees) and a total of 441 new exposures (428 students, 13 employees).
    • Round Rock ISD: As of Aug. 24, there are 68 new positive cases (62 students, 6 employees) and 1,119 new "close contacts" (896 students, 223 employees). There have been 202 total cumulative positive cases (157 students, 45 employees) and 2191 total cumulative "close contacts" (1688 students 503 employees).
    • Leander ISD: For the week of Aug. 23-27, there have been 178 total positive cases. There have been 429 total cumulative positive cases.
    • Pflugerville ISD:  For the week of Aug. 23-27, there have been 55 total positive cases. There have been 205 total cumulative positive cases. 
    • Hays CISD: For the week of Aug. 23-27, there have been 56 total reported new cases (23 students, 33 staff).
  • Texas Public Schools (2021-22 school year)
    • Cumulative positive student cases: 4,729
    • Cumulative positive staff cases: 3,373

For a look at COVID-19 data across all of the state's counties, click here. KVUE is tracking COVID-19 data from five school districts in Central Texas. Many school districts have their own COVID-19 dashboard.

Updates:

3 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data:

TEXAS

  • Case avg. still falling, down to 13,138/day over the past week
    • DOWN 2.4% from a week ago (first week-to-week decline since July 1)
    • UP 239% from a month ago
  • 233 new deaths, most reported in a single day since March 6 (tie) – 54,455 total to date
  • Hospitalizations still climbing: 13,928 statewide today, most since Jan. 18 (tie) and within 290 of the pandemic high 14,218 on Jan. 11
    • Up 12% from a week ago
    • Up 201% (triple) from a month ago (4,626)
    • Texas also hit a new pandemic low for available ICU beds at 306, to serve a population of 29,145,505.
    • 5 TSAs (out of 22) have 0 available ICU beds. 7 others (including the Austin area) have fewer than 5.

LOCAL

  • Case avg. still falling, down to 983/day over the past week
    • DOWN 5% from a week ago 
    • UP 180% from a month ago
  • New pandemic high: 751 (+25) COVID-19 patients in TSA O hospitals (prev. high was 727 on Jan. 18)
    • 17.87% COVID-19/capacity and climbing
    • 10.4% availability
  • New pandemic high: 276 (+7) COVID-19 patients in TSA O ICUs (prev. peak was 233 on Jan. 19 and we’ve been above that for 9 consecutive days and 11 out of the past 14)
    • 54% COVID-19/capacity, new pandemic high
    • 0.8% availability – 4 available beds

3:35 p.m. – Travis County announces the following no-appointment vaccine clinics:

TUESDAY

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH)

Southeast Library (APH)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

Travis County Community Center at Pflugerville (Travis County)

WEDNESDAY

Austin Community College – Northridge Campus (APH)

Huston-Tillotson University (Travis County)

Taqueria Guadalajara (APH)

Linder Elementary School (Travis County)

La Finca Supermercado (Travis County)

La Michoacana Meat Market (Travis County)

El Rancho Supermercado – Research (Travis County)

El Rancho Supermercado – Berkman (Travis County)

Austin Community College – Northridge Campus (APH)

Huston-Tillotson University (Travis County)

Taqueria Guadalajara (APH)

Linder Elementary School (Travis County)

La Finca Supermercado (Travis County)

La Michoacana Meat Market (Travis County)

El Rancho Supermercado – Research (Travis County)

El Rancho Supermercado – Berkman (Travis County)

THURSDAY

Austin Community College – South Austin Campus (APH)

Huston-Tillotson University (Travis County)

Manor New Tech High School (APH)

Meadowbrook Apartments (APH)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

JD’s Supermarket (Travis County)

Travis County Community Center at Pflugerville (Travis County)

FRIDAY

Lake Travis United Methodist Church (Travis County)

Little Walnut Creek Library (APH)

Southeast Library (APH)

La Mexicana Market (Travis County)

2:45 p.m. – Here's a closer look at today's data: 

TEXAS

  • Cases appear to be trying to level off again – 13,314/day in the 7-day average, down for a second consecutive day from the peak of 14,048 on Sunday
    • Up 5% from a week ago
    • Up 250% from a month ago
  • 199 new deaths reported today – 54,222 total to date
  • 13,666 (+320) COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals – most since Jan. 19
    • Up 12% in a week
    • Up 216% in a month

LOCAL

  • Cases, seem to be showing a peak; down to 1,023/day today after 4 straight days at 1,126-1,128
    • Still up 27% from a week ago
    • Up 198% from a month ago
  • 726 (+16) COVID-19 hospitalizations for DSHS TSA O (11 counties including and surrounding Austin). This is one shy of a pandemic high (727 on Jan. 18)
    • 17.5% of hospital patients are COVID-19 patients
    • Availability still consistent at 11.5%
  • New pandemic high269 (+7) COVID-19 patients in ICU in TSA O (prev. peak was 233 in January.
    • 54% of ICU patients are COVID-19, new high
    • 10 beds available; first time in double digits since Aug. 5; 2% available
  • 163 COVID-19 patients on ventilators is a new high
  • 78.1/day hospital admissions
  • Austin/Travis County hits 100K cases

9 a.m. – As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge in Austin-Travis County, City and County leaders are getting an update from local health experts. Watch the update in the video above or on KVUE's YouTube channel.

7 a.m. – The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute food to seniors from 10:30 a.m. until noon at 2105 Parker Lane in South Austin. Anyone 60 years old and older is eligible to get 30 pounds of food boxes, which include items like cheese, milk, canned goods, cereal, rice and pasta.

Anyone not driving a car is recommended to bring containers to carry the boxes of food. This food distribution will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

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